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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Mar 20, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:17:41 12.82(10:44) 20.64(6:40) 70661c
  Total3 2:17:41 12.82(10:44) 20.64(6:40) 70661c

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Sunday Mar 20, 2016 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 16:09 [4] *** 3.1 km (5:13 / km) +60m 4:45 / km

US Sprint champion! Second overall, 59s behind J (I count it a success when I'm within a minute of him in a sprint, so...success!).


What went wrong: Basically nothing. Lost maybe 5s going around a small pond the wrong way. Splits also show that I was slowing relative to the field over the last few legs.

What went right: Basically everything. A super clean race overall, was reading ahead well and choosing the right routes; a couple times I even chose a better route than J, which almost never happens because his sprint-smarts are better than mine. We did pretty substantial studying of the 2014 map, which definitely helped.

Saturday Mar 19, 2016 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:26:20 [4] *** 12.04 km (7:10 / km) +521m 5:54 / km


US Champs Long. A very good race - came 4th overall, 3rd Cascader, 2nd American!


What went wrong:

Here was the race at 15:

Harvey 58:27
Bone 58:30 (+0:03)
Enger 58:41 (+0:14)

Leg 16:

Bone 11:45
Harvey 13:17 (+1:32)
Enger 14:44 (+2:59)

Final margins:

Bone 82:48
Harvey 84:18 (+1:30)
Enger 86:20 (+3:32)

Obviously, 16 was the decisive leg between the three of us. I took a straightish, more complicated route that led to more up-down-up-down, while Eric went road route right. I also came into the relevant reentrant too high, so probably 60s lost in error time near the circle and maybe 90-120s on the route choice, with a little due to fitness.

Also was 100s behind Eric on 7, which is weird because I spiked it and the only route choice was straight up a steep hill. Conclusion: I am not a good climber.

What went right: Almost all of the things! I spiked 19/20 controls, only bobbling 16. 3 was my best control - a longish hillside contoury leg that I nailed dead-on, 30s clear of the next fastest (J) and only 3s behind the random elite Halden guy who showed up. Disregarding him, I had five top splits and two second places. Only a minute of error and two minutes of route choice time loss.

Friday Mar 18, 2016 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 35:12 [4] *** 5.5 km (6:24 / km) +125m 5:45 / km


US Champs Middle. Same old story of missed opportunity.


What went wrong: three 90s+ errors - ran right past 7 and ended up at 9; bad route choice to 11; confused in the rocks around 20. Two 15s errors - one rock too high at 6, one rock too low at 18. Hit a bit of a wall and bled time compared to J on the hill-climby 16-17-18 legs.

What went right: Fitness not as poor as I was expecting relative to the field given lack of recent training. Five top splits and four second place splits. Had a couple stretches of great orienteering - 1-5 (was apparently leading the race at 5) and 12-15, where I was moving well and navigating cleanly, but within my ability. My problem in general is that 95% of the time I'm unable to string these good stretches together into a full race.

Thursday Mar 17, 2016 #


Here are a couple of my longtime O' goals:

Win the Cascade Winter Series
Win an individual US championship

Accomplished the first one last month; will take another wild swing or three at the second one this weekend.

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